Avocado oil is the food of the future. It is healthy, versatile, and able to be used as you would any other cooking oil. It is simply oil pressed from the pulps of avocado, and is often used for cooking and cosmetic purposes. Avocado oil has a high smoking point, which means that it does not burn easily and can be used for high temperature cooking, grilling, or frying.
Like olive oil, avocado oil is full of healthy fatty acids, loaded with proteins, and contains vitamins A, D, and E. Avocado oil can control and help to modify blood cholesterol, promotes healthy glowing skin, and helps to moisturize the skin and hair follicles.
It is fun and simple to incorporate the use of avocado oil into your cooking regiment. Here are the top 5 recipes for using avocado oil. Hopefully they will inspire you to use more of this delicious and healthy product, and also to create more recipes of your own.
1. Lemon Muffins
Muffins are great for breakfast and as healthy in-between-meals snacks. This lemon muffin recipe incorporates the basic muffin recipe with the use of avocado oil. These muffins are tangy, and only slightly sweet, making them tasty and healthy for the kids as well.
2 cups self-rising flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
Grated rind ½ lemon
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup avocado oil
Mix flour, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Into another bowl, whisk: Lemon rind, orange juice, egg and oil. Add the liquid, mix into the dry ingredients, folding gently until flour is damp. Be careful not to over-mix.
Oil a 12-muffin tray and spoon in the mixture. Bake at 220ºC for 10-to-12 minutes.
2. Egg Lemon Homemade Mayo
There is nothing like the taste and texture of a homemade mayonnaise. This recipe is delicious for sandwiches, crackers, or as a salad dressing at lunch or dinner.
1 Cup avocado oil
3-4 tbsps lemon juice
Zest of ½ lemon
Gently mix egg yolks in a food processor and add the avocado oil slowly until the mayonnaise thickens. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice, then continue adding oil. Add extra lemon juice to taste. Add a pinch of salt.
3. Ginger Prawns
Prawns are naturally delicious. Perfect for a light lunch, or as an appetizer for dinner. Prawns are wonderfully complimented by rich oils, such as avocado. This is sure to become one of your family’s favorite go-to recipes.
1kg large prawns, shelled
2 tsp grated ginger
¾ cup avocado oil
2 tbsp honey
Juice of a lemon
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 tsp ground marjoram
Mix the avocado oil, lemon juice, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, honey and marjoram in a bowl, then add in the prawns and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning the prawns occasionally.
To prepare for cooking, soak wooden skewers in cold water and thread on the prawns. Grill on a rack over a barbecue flame or in an oven grill, brushing occasionally with avocado oil. Cook the prawns until they become opaque, turning frequently. To serve, garnish with lemon slices and marjoram sprigs. Ideal with a salad.